RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Extent305 ff.
TitleTHOMAS SECKER: PAPERS RELATING TO THE CHURCH IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES
Datec.1748-1760
DescriptionPapers of Thomas Secker (1693-1768), Bishop of Oxford 1737-58 and Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68, relating to the church in the American colonies. Many of the papers relate to the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, of which the Archbishop of Canterbury was President.
The papers have endorsements in Secker's hand and may have been arranged by him.
Secker included here papers of his predecessor Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury 1747-57.
This volume is part of a series (MS. 1123/1-3).

f. 1. Flyleaf, with a note in the hand of Samuel Wayland Kershaw, Lambeth Librarian 1868-1910.
ff. 2-8. List of the contents of this volume. 18th century.
ff. 9-10 [item 88]. Letter [to Secker] from Timothy Cutler (1683-1765), giving information concerning William McClenachan (1714-1766). Boston, 1 Jan. 1755.
ff. 11-12 [item 89]. Letter to Thomas Herring from Philip Bearcroft, Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, on the appointments of Thomas Barton and Solomon Palmer as missionaries, the progress of King's College, New York, and the discord arising from George Whitefield's presence in New England. 18 Jan. 1755.
f. 13 [item 90]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Mr. Smith [?William Smith] at Philadelphia concerning the sending of S.P.G. missionaries to the frontiers of the colonies and the scheme for instructing German emigrants. 1 Feb. 1755. In Secker's hand.
f. 14 [item 91]. 'Some hints humbly offer'd. with a view to the preserving, supporting and propagating, the great interests of Christianity and the Protestant religion, amongst the numerous body of German and Swiss emigrants settled in the backparts of the Province of Pennsylvania &c., and for encouraging them and their children to learn the English Language'. n.d. With an endorsement in Secker's hand.
ff. 15-18 [items 92-93]. Two letters to Thomas Herring from Samuel Chandler on the education of German settlers in Pennsylvania. London, 3 and 24 Feb. 1755.
ff. 19-23 [items 94-95]. Letter to Secker from Thomas Herring on the education of German settlers in Pennsylvania. 27 Feb 1755. With Secker's copy of his reply, 1 March 1755.
f. 24 [item 96]. Copy of a letter [? to James Macsparran] from the churchwardens of St Paul's Church in Narragansett county, Rhode Island, concerning difficulties with the Dissenters. South Kingston, 17 March 1755. Endorsed by Secker '... for Dr. Macsparran'. Macsparran, the rector of St. Paul's, was at this time in England.
f. 25 [item 97]. 'Extract of a letter from Narragansett colony ... March 27th 1755 from a parishioner there to his pastor [James Macsparran] in England'. The letter states that 'unless all the Colonys be reduced to some uniformity in Government and are by Some Means reduced to a single Direction we are all undone, and shall sooner or later, be reduced to Colonys of France'. Annotated: 'for his Grace [Thomas Herring] Archbishop of Canterbury'.
f. 26 [item 98]. A printed item: 'The gentlemen who three years ago engaged in a Society for the Relief of those Protestants that fly into this Kingdom, for Religion's Sake, think themselves duty bound to acquaint the benefactors to this charity with their proceedings, success, and present situation' [London, 1755]. ESTC, T129809. Annotated with the date 27 Aug. 1755. Endorsed in the hand of a secretary of Thomas Herring.
ff. 27-29 [items 99-100]. Letter to Secker from Timothy Cutler, concerning the ordination of John Feveryear for service at Hebron, Connecticut, and other matters. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: 'rec'd at the beginning of Sept. 1755'. With Secker's copy of his reply, 17 Sept. 1755.
ff. 30-31 [item 101]. Letter to Secker from John Feveryear reporting his wish to accept a benefice in Bermuda. 19 Sept. 1755.
ff. 32-33 [item 102]. Letter to Thomas Herring from Samuel Johnson, introducing his son [William Johnson, d. London, 1756] who wishes to serve the S.P.G. as a curate or assistant at West Chester. New York, 25 Oct 1755.
ff. 34-35 [item 103]. Letter to Thomas Herring from William McClenachan (1714-1766), an itinerant S.P.G. missionary. Boston, 25 Nov. 1755.
ff. 36-37 [item 104]. Letter to Secker from Timothy Cutler, concerning the discouragement felt at Hebron and other news. Boston, 15 Jan. 1756.
ff. 38-41 [item 105]. Letter to Secker from William Smith, beginning 'The Misery and distress of this unhappy Province, bleeding under the murderous Knives of a Savage Enemy, instigated and led on by Popish Cruelty . . . . and the Confusion arising from a Quaker Government'. Deals with the missionaries, and criticizes the government. Philadelphia, 1 Nov. 1756.
ff. 42-43 [item 106]. Petition to the Archbishop of Canterbury [Thomas Herring] from Thomas Coram (c.1668-1751), suggesting the founding of a college at Cambridge, Massachusetts, to be called King's College. n.d. [c.1748, based on Coram's statement that he first went to America 54 years earlier]. Printed in Perry, vol 3, pp. 64-7.
ff. 44-45 [item 107]. Report of a committee appointed to examine a heterodox book on the state of the dead by John Beach (1700-1782), an S.P.G. missionary in Connecticut. In Secker's hand, drafted by him and read in the S.P.G. 24 Jan 1757.
ff. 46-54 [item 108]. A theological memorandum on the resurrection of the body, in Secker's hand. With a note by him: 'These papers I sent to Dr. Bearcroft [Philip Bearcroft] about the begining of March 1757 to be transcribed for Mr. Beach [John Beach]...'. On this incident, see Ingram, pp. 227-8.
ff. 55-56 [item 109]. Letter to Secker from Thomas Barton [S.P.G. missionary in York and Cumberland counties, Pennsylvania] concerning distressed conditions since the defeat of General Edward Braddock. York, Pennsylvania, 12 March 1757.
f. 57 [item 110]. A printed item: 'Suppliment to the Pennsylvania Journal, No. 782', containing a letter to William Denny, Governor of Pennsylvania, from William Moore, J.P., defending his conduct. Philadelphia, 29 Oct. 1757. Cf. ff. 60-5.
ff. 58-59 [item 111]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson concerning the death of his son [Revd. William Johnson, d. London, 1756], the failure to provide bishops for America, and recommending Mr. Camp [Ichabod Camp] of Middletown, Connecticut and Mr. Webb for support from S.P.G. for their ministry. 5 Dec. 1757.
ff. 60-65 [items 112-113]. Letter to Secker from William Smith concerning his persecution by the Quakers and his imprisonment for re-publishing William Moore's defence of his conduct (see f. 57). 7 Feb. 1758. With a narrative of the case and of the imprisonment of Smith and Moore. Published in Perry, vol 2, pp. 262-8.
ff. 66-67 [item 114]. Letter from Robert McKean to Philip Bearcroft concerning the case of William Smith. New Brunswick, New Jersey, 5 Feb. 1758. Printed in Perry, vol 2, pp. 270-3.
ff. 68-69 [item 115]. Extracts from letters to Dr. Chandler from William Allen, a member of the Pennsylvania assembly, and from William Smith, concerning Smith's case and other matters. In Secker's hand; endorsed by him with the date Feb. 1758.
ff. 70-71 [item 116]. An address to Matthew Hutton, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. March 1758), entitled: 'The humble Address of the Governors of the College of the Province of New York' [King's College, New York]. 27 May 1758.
ff. 72-73 [item 117]. A printed item: 'The Public Advertiser', number 7371, 9 June 1758, containing a letter from William Denny, Governor of Pennsylvania, to the Pennsylvania assembly, 22 April 1758.
ff. 74-75 [item 118]. An address to Secker from the clergy of the provinces of New York and New Jersey, meeting at the commencement of King's College, New York, congratulating him on his elevation to the see of Canterbury. 22 June 1758. Signed by Samuel Johnson and ten others.
ff. 76-77 [item 119]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Fayerweather on the commencement of King's College, New York, and other matters. New York, 3 July 1758.
ff. 78-79 [item 120]. Letter to Secker from William Newton. Albany, 18 July 1758.
ff. 80-83 [item 121]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Samuel Johnson, responding to the address at ff. 74-5. Secker outlines his new role as President of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and describes the information which he requires from correspondents in America. 27 Sept. 1758. In Secker's hand.
ff. 84-85 [item 122]. An address to Secker from the clergy of Connecticut. 5 Oct. 1758. signed by John Beach and seven others.
ff. 86-87 [item 123]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson accompanying James Scovil and Samuel Peters, sent for ordination and appointment as S.P.G. missionaries. 25 Oct. 1758.
ff. 88-89 [item 124]. Letter to Secker from Robert Jenney, rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, critical of the inteference of William Smith and other clergymen in politics. Philadelphia, 27 Nov. 1758. Printed in Perry, vol 2, pp. 273-4.
ff. 90-91 [item 125]. Letter to an unnamed correspondent from William Allen and Richard Peters on the education of German settlers, and the case of William Smith. Philadelphia, 28 Nov. 1758.
f. 92 [item 126]. Copy of a letter from Edward Pemberton to Philip Bearcroft concerning the lease of Hog's Farm, Essex, belonging to S.P.G. 9 Jan. 1759. With an endorsement in Secker's hand.
ff. 93-95 [items 127-128]. Letter to Secker from Dr. Thomas Moore, recommending William Smith, president of the College at Philadelphia, for an Oxford D.D. Little Britain [London], 27 Feb. 1709. With Secker's copy of his reply, 1 March 1759.
ff. 96-97 [item 129]. Letter to Secker from William Smith presenting a copy of his 'Discourse' and concerning his visit to Secker with his uncle Dr. Moore. London, 9 March 1759. Endorsed by Secker: '... recommended him to the university of Oxford for a D.D.'
ff. 98-101 [item 130]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson, responding to Secker's letter of 27 Sept. 1758 (ff. 80-3), concerning publications, relations with the Dissenters and other matters. New York, 20 March 1759.
ff. 102-103 [item 131]. Letter to Secker from Dr. Thomas Moore, thanking him for assistance with the D.D. given to William Smith by Oxford University. Little Britain [London], 23 March 1759.
ff. 104-105 [item 132]. Letter to Secker from Henry Caner (1700-1792), rector of King's Chapel, Boston, regretting that 'Socinianism, Deism, and other bad principles find too much countenance among us' and concerning a petition to S.P.G. for the establishment of a church at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston, 7 April 1759. Printed in Perry, vol 3, pp. 452-3.
ff. 106-107 [item 133]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson, concerning Mr. Apthorp [East Apthorp (1733-1816)] and the establishment of a church [with Apthorp as the first minister] at Cambridge, Massachusetts. New York, 15 April 1759.
ff. 108-110 [items 134-135]. Letter to Secker from William Smith sending copies of his 'Discourses' and stating his intentions for their publication. London, 21 May 1759. With a copy of Secker's reply, 21 May 1759.
ff. 111-112 [item 136]. Minutes of the council at Philadelphia on the bill against lotteries and plays. 2 June 1759. Cf. ff. 166-7.
ff. 113-114 [item 137]. Letter to Secker from William Smith sending a copy of the printed edition of his 'Discourses'. London, 5 June 1759.
ff. 115-116 [item 138]. Accounts of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel concerning the legacy of Richard Ludlam [d. 1728, rector of Goose Creek, South Carolina], 1753-9. Endorsed by Secker: '... put into my hands by Dr. Bearcroft June 12 1759'.
ff. 117-118 [item 139]. Copy of a report of the attorney-general (Charles Pratt, afterwards 1st Earl Camden) and the solicitor-general (Charles Yorke) in the case of Rev. Dr. Smith [William Smith]. London, 2 June 1759.
ff. 119-120 [item 140]. Letter to Secker from William Smith concerning the imminent determination of his case by the King's Council. 25 June 1759.
f. 121 [item 141]. Copy of the minutes of the Committee of Council in William Smith's case. London, 26 June 1759.
f. 122 [item 142]. Letter to Secker from Philip Bearcroft, Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, concerning the gift by Arthur St George, Dean of Ross, of 96 copies of his book 'The Blessings of Christian Philosophy' for distribution to S.P.G. missionaries. 29 Aug. 1759.
ff. 123-124 [item 143]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Robert Jenney concerning William Smith, the provision of bishops for America, and other matters. Lambeth, 18 July 1759. In Secker's hand.
ff. 125-126 [items 144-145]. Copies of letters from Secker to Henry Caner and to Samuel Johnson concerning the decision of S.P.G. to settle a mission at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Apthorp [East Apthorp] as minister. 19 July 1759.
ff. 127-129 [item 146]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson, concerning quarrels among the Dissenters especially at Wallingford, Connecticut, attacks on the church by Dissenters, the moral character and learning of the clergy in America, and the need for further S.P.G. missions. New York, 25 July 1759.
ff. 130-131 [item 147]. Copy of a letter from the churchwardens of Christ Church, Philadelphia, to Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London, seeking his licence for William McClenachan to officiate as assistant minister under Robert Jenney. 3 Oct. 1759. With an endorsement in Secker's hand. Cf. ff. 144-7.
f. 132 [item 148]. Summary of expenses (other than those of a printing office) for a scheme in Pennsylvania supporting Lutheran and Calvinist ministers and schools. n.d. ? In the hand of William Smith.
ff. 133-134 [item 149]. Letter to Secker from William Sturgeon, catechist, pleading for bishops and expressing disapproval of William Smith. Philadelphia, 29 Nov. 1758. Printed in Perry, vol 2, pp. 268-9.
ff. 135-139 [item 150]. 'A short narrative of the oppressive proceedings of the Assembly of Pennsylvania in the case of the Revd Mr. Smith [William Smith], Provost of the College of Philadelphia...'. In the hand of William Smith and addressed to Secker. London, 22 Jan. 1759.
ff. 140-141 [item 151]. Letter to Samuel Johnson from James Wetmore (1695-1760), rector of Rye, New York, about the case of Dr Beach [John Beach (1700-1782), an S.P.G. missionary]. Rye, 12 Oct 1759. With a copy of a letter from Wetmore to Philip Bearcroft, 28 Oct. 1757, and minutes of a meeting of missionaries held at Stanford, Connecticut, on 18 Oct 1757 to discuss the Beach case. Sent to Secker as an enclosure with a letter from Johnson to Secker of 29 Oct 1759 (see ff. 148-9). On Beach and his heterodox sermon, see Ingram, pp. 227-8.
ff. 142-143 [item 152]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson, concerning the mission at Cambridge, Massachusetts, a succesor to him as President of King's College, New York, and the case of John Beach. New York, 20 Oct. 1759.
ff. 144-147 [items 153-154]. Letter to Secker from William Smith giving a hostile account of William McClenachan. Philadelphia, 21 Oct 1759. With a copy (attested as correct by Smith) of a remonstrance addressed to Thomas Sherlock , Bishop of London, by the clergy of Philadelphia, attacking McClenachan's orthodoxy and character. Endorsed by Secker with the date 21 Oct. 1759. On McClenachan see Ingram, pp. 228-231.
ff. 148-149 [item 155]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson on relations with the Dissenters, and enclosing correspondence relating to the case of John Beach (see ff. 140-1). Stratford, Connecticut, 29 Oct. 1759.
ff. 150-163 [item 156]. Letter to Secker from William Smith giving an account of religious affairs in Pennsylvania (with an estimate of numbers belonging to various denominations), details of quarrels in Christ's Church, Philadelphia, and a hostile account of William McClenachan. Philadelphia, 28 Nov. 1759.
ff. 164-165 [item 157]. Letter to Secker from Robert Jenney and William Sturgeon concerning divisions within Christ's Church, Philadelphia, and endorsing William Smith's account of William McClenachan. Philadelphia, 28 Nov. 1759.
ff. 166-167 [item 158]. Copy of a letter from William Smith to Thomas Penn, against the confirmation of a Bill of the Assembly of Pennsylvania of 33 George II [1759-60] suppressing lotteries. Endorsed by Secker: '... Written, I think, in Nov. 1759 and put into my hands by Mr Penns order, May 1760....'. Cf. ff. 111-2, 203, 229, 236-7.
ff. 168-169 [item 159]. Letter to Secker from Henry Caner, rector of King's Chapel, Boston, concerning the mission at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the McClenachan affair at Philadelphia, and recommending Jacob Bailey for service as an S.P.G. missionary. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: '... written about the middle of January 1760'.
ff. 170-172 [items 160-161]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Philip Bearcroft concerning the bequest of Archbishop Tenison for episcopacy in America. 9 Jan. 1760. With Bearcoft's reply, 10 Jan. 1760.
ff. 173-174 [item 162]. Memorandum, in Secker's hand, raising queries concerning the accounts of the Barbados estate of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. 26 Jan. 1760.
ff. 175-178 [items 163-164]. Letter to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel from Abraham Immer, minister of the church at Purisburg, Carolina [Purrysburg, South Carolina], appealing for assistance. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: 'Abr Immer 14 Feb. 1760. Referred him to the meeting of the Society Feb. 15...'. With a letter of thanks to Secker from Immer, dated London, 15 Feb. 1760. In Latin and French.
ff. 179-182 [items 165-166]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson concerning the state of King's College, New York, and the need to appoint a Vice President with a view to succeed him as President. Stratford, Connecticut, 15 Feb. 1760. With a letter to Secker on the same subject from the Governors of the College (signed on their behalf by Henry Barclay), 16 Feb. 1760.
ff. 183-4 [item 167]. Extract from the will of Christopher Codrington (d. 1710), bequeathing estates in Barbados to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. n.d.
ff. 185-190 [items 168-169]. Letter to Secker from Robert Hay Drummond, Bishop of St. Asaph, concerning the Barbados estate of S.P.G. 29 Feb. 1760. With a copy of Secker's reply, 3 March 1760.
ff. 191-192 [item 170]. Memorandum by Mr. Trecothick suggesting covenants for a lease of the Barbados estate of S.P.G. n.d.
ff. 193-194 [item 171]. Letter to Secker from Robert Hay Drummond, Bishop of St. Asaph, concerning the Barbados estate of S.P.G. 15 March 1760.
ff. 195-198 [item 172]. Draft of a letter from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel to their attornies in Barbados. 15 March 1760.
ff. 199-200 [item 173]. Petition to Secker from William Langhorne, missionary in the parish of St. George, South Carolina. Westminster, 17 March 1760.
ff. 201-202. Copy of a letter from Dr. Samuel Nicolls, chaplain and secretary of the Bishop of London, on behalf of the Bishop, to Robert Jenney, rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, his assistant minister and churchwardens, concerning William McClenachan and declining to licence him for service in Pennsylvania. 25 March 1760.
ff. 203-204 [items 175-176]. Memorandum in Secker's hand on the College at Philadelphia, its dependence on lotteries for funding, and a Bill to abolish lotteries shortly to come before the Privy Council. With a note by Secker: 'This from Mr. Morton, a missionary, Apr 12 1760 who brought a letter from Mr. Penn, which see'. With a letter to Secker from Thomas Penn introducing Morton, a master for several years in the College at Philadelphia. 12 April 1760. Cf. ff. 111-2, 166-7, 229, 236-7.
ff. 205-206 [item 177]. 'The humble Petition of a poor negro woman, commonly called by the name of Esther Smith'. A petition to Secker from a slave born in New York and brought to England, who claimed that her master refused to allow her to be baptised. 19 July 1760.
ff. 207-208 [item 178]. Letter to Secker from Philip Yorke, first Earl of Hardwicke, giving his opinion that a slave brought to England is still a slave, and that baptism does not alter this status. 19 July 1760.
ff. 209-213 [items 179-180]. Two letters to Secker from Samuel Squire (1714-1766), vicar of St. Alphege, Greenwich (and afterwards Bishop of St. David's) concerning the slave Esther Smith. 20 and 21 July 1760.
ff. 214-215 [item 181]. Letter to Secker from Silas Told (1711-1778), Methodist and prison visitor, reporting that Esther Smith's master was determined to send her for sale in the West Indies. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: '...Recd Aug 2, 1760'.
ff. 216-217 [item 182]. Letter to Secker from the churchwardens and vestrymen of Westchester, Province of New York, requesting the appointment of a new minister by S.P.G. 1 August 1760.
ff. 218-226 [item 183]. Minutes of a convention of the Anglican clergy of Pennsylvania concerning William McClenachan and other matters, 30 April-5 May 1760. With papers of a related committee, 28 May-24 June 1760. Endorsed by Secker: 'Recd from Dr. Bearcroft Aug 19 1760...'.
ff. 227-228 [item 184]. 'Some account of the missions in Pennsylvania etc., delivered in at a Convention of the clergy of that Province at Philadelphia, May 2nd 1760'. Endorsed by Secker: 'Recd from Dr. Bearcroft Aug 19 1760...'.
f. 229 [item 185]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Mr Penn [Thomas Penn]. 21 May 1760. In Secker's hand. Cf. ff. 111-2, 166-7, 203, 236-7.
ff. 230-233 [item 186]. Letter to Secker from Presbyterian ministers of the provinces of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, convened in Philadelphia, in support of William McClenachan. 24 May 1760. With 18 signatures.
ff. 234-235 [item 187]. Address to Secker from the missionaries and clergy of Pennsylvania, convened in Philadelphia, setting forth difficulties facing the churches and urging the appointment of a bishop or bishops for America. Signed by Robert Jenney, William Smith and 11 others. Endorsed by Secker: '... Recd Aug 26 1760'.
ff. 236-237 [item 188]. Letter to Secker fromThomas Penn, enclosing a copy of a minute of Council in Philadelphia concerning the Bill to prevent lotteries. 13 June 1760. Cf. ff. 111-2, 166-7, 203, 229.
ff. 238-243 [item 189]. Letter to Secker from William Smith on the recent Convention and church affairs in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1 July 1760. Printed in Perry, vol 2, pp. 319-24.
ff. 243-246 [items 190-191]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Johnson concerning affairs of the church and colony, and the building, nearly complete, of King's College, New York. A postscript mentions the death of Governor De Lancey, and the importance that his successor be 'not only a good statesman, but a friend to Religion and the Church'. New York, 13 July 1760.
ff. 247-248 [item 192]. Letter to Secker from William Langhorne, petitioning for relief. Westminster, 21 July 1760. Annotated by Secker: 'Sent him 3-12-0 July 22'.
ff. 249-250 [item 193]. Copy of a letter from Secker to William Wildman Barrington, second Viscount Barrington, Secretary at War, sending an extract from the minutes of S.P.G. 18 July 1760 containing information from Mr. Ogilvie [John Ogilvie], missionary at Albany and to the Mohawk indians. 22 Aug. 1760. In Secker's hand.
ff. 251-252 [item 194]. Letter from members of the Church of England at Philadelphia in support of William McClenachan. With 86 signatures. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: '... Recd Aug 23 1760'.
ff. 253-263 [item 195]. Letter to Secker from William McClenachan, giving an account of his life and circumstances. n.d. Endorsed by Secker'... Recd Aug 23 1760'.
ff. 264-265 [item 196]. Letter to Secker from William Smith sending his sermon at the Convention in Philadelphia, urging a mission at Reading, Berkshire, and other matters. Philadelphia, 26 Aug. 1760.
ff. 266-267 [item 197]. Letter to Secker from William Wildman Barrington, second Viscount Barrington, Secretary at War, concerning army chaplains and places of worship in the forts in America, especially at Niagara. 28 Aug. 1760.
ff. 268-271 [item 198]. Minutes, in Secker's hand, of a committee of Council concerning Bills from Pennsylvania. [London], 27-28 Aug. 1760.
ff. 272-273 [item 199]. Letter to Secker from Robert Hay Drummond, Bishop of St. Asaph, concerning the Barbados estate of S.P.G. 24 Sept. 1760.
ff. 274-275 [item 200]. Extracts from the records of S.P.G. relating to William McClenachan. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: 'Dr. Bearcroft about Mr Macclenachan Sept or Oct 1760'.
ff. 276-277 [item 201]. Letter to Secker from Dr. Samuel Nicolls, chaplain and secretary of the Bishop of London, concerning William McClenachan. Northall [Northolt}, Middlesex, 3 Oct. 1760.
ff. 278-281 [items 202-204]. Draft of a letter from Secker to Cecilius Calvert [Cecil Calvert], uncle and secretary of Lord Baltimore in the affairs of Maryland, recommending Samuel Keene, recently ordained and with a title to a curacy in Maryland. 1 Oct 1760. With Calvert's reply, 3 Oct. 1760, and a letter to Secker from Keene, 3)ct. 1760.
ff. 282-283 [item 205]. Letter to Secker from Henry Caner on the military success in North America as an oportunity to fund the appointment of bishops. Boston, 6 Oct. 1760.
ff. 284-289 [item 206]. Draft of a letter from Secker to William McClenachan reviewing his case. 9 Oct 1760. In Secker's hand.
ff. 290-291 [item 207]. Copy of a letter from Secker to William Smith concerning William McClenachan. 12 Oct. 1760.
ff. 292-293 [item 208]. Copy of a letter from Secker to William Smith, approving his sermon on the propagation of the gospel and the progress of the College at Philadelphia, commenting on the accession of George III and denying that he (Secker) has any asssociation with freemasonry. 30 Oct. 1760.
ff. 294-300 [items 209-212]. Three letters to Secker from Michael Smith, formerly an S.P.G. missionary at Prince Frederick Parish, South Carolina. 14 Oct-24 Dec. 1760. With a memorandum in Secker's hand concerning him and his case, 17 Oct. 1760.
ff. 301-303 [items 213-214]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Samuel Johnson concerning King's College, New York, and other matters. 4 Nov. 1760. With a draft by Secker, in his role as a governor of the College, appointing Johnson to seve as his proxy in College meetings. 4 Nov. 1760. The text was amended by Secker in 1763, giving his proxy to Myles Cooper on the latter's appointment as President of the College.
ff. 304-305 [item 215]. Copy of a letter from Secker to Dr Browne [John Browne], Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, soliciting a doctorate for Henry Barclay, rector of Trinity Church, New York. 22 Nov. 1760.
LanguageEnglish, Latin, French.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013, drawing on text in C M Andrews and F G Davenport, 'Guide to the manuscript materials for the history of the United States to 1783 ...' (1908), pp 290-301.
PhysicalDescriptionCloth binding, 355 x 282 mm., 20th cent.
Paper leaves, various sizes.
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 773
PublnNoteA number of items are printed from this manuscript in William Stevens Perry, 'Historical collections relating to the American colonial church', 5 vols (Hertford, Connecticut, 1870-78). [Lambeth Palace Library H5833]

MSS 1123/1-3 used in Robert G. Ingram, 'Religion, Reform and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Secker and the Church of England', Studies in Modern British Religious History, 17 (The Boydell Press, 2007) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.SI6]

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DS/UK/3882Yorke; Philip (1690-1764); 1st Earl of Hardwicke; Lord Chancellor1690-1764
GB/109/15772Squire; Samuel (1714-1766); Bishop of St. David's1714-1766
DS/UK/3883Barrington; William Wildman (1717-1793); 2nd Viscount Barrington; statesman1717-1793
DS/UK/3864Barclay; Henry (-1764); Rector of Trinity Church, New York-1764
GB/109/22024Told; Silas (1711-1778); Methodist, prison visitor1711-1778
GB/109/22025Beach; John (1700-1782); S.P.G. missionary in America1700-1782
DS/UK/3874Peters; Richard (1704-1776); Rector of Christ Church and St Peter's, Philadelphia1704-1776
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